Why Jesus Matters

Memento Mori One of my favorite books by a priest named Fr. Larry Richards starts off with the words You are going to die! What a morbid start to a book, right? But the reality is it’s true. One day we will all cease to breathe and then what? Memento Mori is a Latin phrase which means…

The Terrifying Question

Between classes, work, parents’ expectations, dating, instagram likes, and discerning what to do with the rest of your life, our lives can become a seemingly list of burdens and pressures. Many people struggle with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and insecurities. Individually we all carry personal crosses that can feel too heavy to bare. When we hit…

Are you in a Toxic Relationship?

Have you or a friend ever been in a relationship where the other person was a little too needy, controlling, or demanding? Too often we can see the effects of how an unhealthy relationship can affect someone mentally, emotionally and spiritually. So how would you know if your relationship is toxic or unhealthy? This is…

Get in the Friendzone

Have you ever witnessed an awkward relationship between a guy and girl where maybe one has a crush on the other but has never said anything or where the boundary between friends and boyfriend/girlfriend is blurry? At the end of the day sometimes relationships with the opposite sex can be difficult to navigate and we…

Things That Aren’t Helping Your Mental Health

Growing up there were many times I would sit in Adoration trying to pray, but my mind would be all over the place. I couldn’t stop thinking about things I needed to do and worrying about what was going on in my life. For a while I thought I wasn’t praying right, but I soon…

Teens & the Need to be Understood

Starting out as a therapist trainee, I worked specifically with kids in anger management groups. At first I was a bit nervous about working with disgruntled teens who were forced by the court to attend my groups. However, I soon realized that it didn’t matter so much what I did or said but how much…

Thoughts Matter

Your Thoughts Matter! Some scientists claim that we have over 50,000 thoughts per day! It’s amazing how many thoughts run through our heads each and every day. Sometimes we are not even fully aware of our passing thoughts and how they shape our views, opinions, and actions.  We might wonder how our thoughts affect our…

Dating with a Purpose – Building a Christ Centered Relationship

Dating can often be confusing, heart-breaking, and sometimes scary. So, how do we date with confidence and purpose? What are the keys to building a healthy, lasting, Christ-centerted relationship? Let’s begin by looking at these three main points: Laying the foundation for a healthy relationship – building your house on rock God’s purpose for dating –…

Five Basic Needs of Teenagers

Hello! At the intersection between my work in psychotherapy and my work in Youth Ministry I have found these five needs of teenagers to be very helpful. The adolescent years can be a time of self-discovery and growing autonomy as teens encounter the larger world around them. These five needs can help us better understand…